Funeral and Bereavement Training


White flowers on a white surfaceThe Funeral and Bereavement course is open to ALM Pastoral Assistants, ALM Worship Leaders and to Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers. Training consists of an induction evening with training ministers, 6 x (2 hour) sessions and a period of in-parish experience of funerals and bereavement visiting. The course requires a commitment from the incumbent / training minister to oversee and evaluate the student’s progress and readiness for participation in funeral ministry, as well as supporting the student through the course.

Autumn 2021 Funeral and Bereavement Course 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation the Funeral and Bereavement course, planned for spring 2021 has been postponed to autumn 2021.  The new deadline for applications is 15 July 2021.  To download an applicaiton please click here.

Course Programme

Induction Session for Students and Training Ministers

Session 1: Death – What is it and what does it mean in our lives?

Session 2: Before the funeral

Session 3: The Funeral

Practical experience in the parish

Session 4: Reflection on parish experience   

Session 5: Resources for funerals   

Session 6: Mourning and grief